Talk about cold-blooded. She knew they were victims of a terrorists attack and coolly, icily, lied to everyone. Well, except for Obama. He knew the truth, too.
I was honored to know Ambassador Chris Stevens. I want to thank his parents and siblings who are here today for sharing Chris with us and with our country. What a wonderful gift you gave us. Over his distinguished career in the foreign service, Chris won friends for the United States in far flung places. He made those people’s hopes his own.
During the revolution in Libya, he risked his life to help protect the Libyan people from a tyrant. And he gave his life helping them build a better country. People loved to work with Chris. And as he rose through the ranks, they loved to work for Chris. He was known not only for his courage but for his smile. Goofy but contagious. For his sense of fun and that California cool.
In the days since the attack, so many Libyans including the Ambassador from Libya to the United States who is with us today, have expressed their sorrow and solidarity. One young woman, her head covered and her eyes haunted with sadness held up a handwritten sign that said thugs and killers don’t represent Benghazi nor Islam.
The President of the Palestinian Authority who worked closely with Chris when he served in Jerusalem, sent me a letter remembering his energy and integrity. And deploring, and I quote, an act of ugly terror. Many others from across the Middle East and North Africa have offered similar sentiments.
This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do with.
This is all now demonstrably false.